2018-08-08 / Opinion

Golden Notes Of Archbold's Memorable Past

Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008

Pettisville Local School Board voted to place a $4,830,000 bond issue for a new school on the November ballot, Monday, Aug. 11.

State officials are offering to give Pettisville almost $21.4 million with Pettisville’s share of $4.83 million.

Steve Switzer, superintendent, said it will be built on land south of the old building.

Ridgeville Corners Community Day, Sunday, July 20, raised about $3,700, according to Cheryl Bostelman, one of the organizers.

While Archbold school officials are consolidating bus routes and looking to cut travel miles, Pettisville will add routes to its bus schedule.

Archbold recently traded five old school buses, at least two of which wouldn’t run, for two new buses. That, David Deskins, superintendent, said increased our inspection performance.

The paving of St. Rt. 66 from the St. Rt. 2-Co. Rd. E intersection to US20A, meets Ohio Department of Transportation specifications, said Theresa Pollick, ODOT spokesman.

Citizens complain the pavement is bumpy. Some say driving over it makes one think a tire is going flat; others think a wheel is out of balance.

Ted Strickland, Ohio governor, continues to work to head off the Ohio Healthy Families Act before it gets to votes.

A coalition of 229 member organizations filed petitions containing about 240,000 signatures to put mandatory paid sick days on the ballot in November. About 120,000 signatures are required.

Archbold may be one of the few school districts in the nation looking at a wind turbine, but it’s not the only one.

The Warrensburg-Latham School District, in Warrensburg, Ill. has had a wind test tower similar to Archbold’s in place since March.

Kevin Miller, AHS golf coach, returns four letterwinners to the team who finished 61-34, second in the sectional tournament, and 11th in the district.

Katie Miller, AHS ‘07, daughter of Mike and Deb, Ridgeville Corners, was named Henry County Junior Fair Queen, Aug. 8.

Deaths–Roger J. Miller, 49, Camden, Mich.; Joan E. Weber, 86, Archbold.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1993

With the addition of a sixth section of first grade, the fifth grade science class taught by Dennis Stacy will move to new quarters in a refurbished section of what was the old weight room at the Archbold Elementary School.

Christ Community Church was the winning bidder for the Ridgeville Corners school building, Aug. 5. A roar of approval went up from the capacity crowd in the school gym when it was announced the winning bidder at $32,000.

Don Barnett, pastor, said his congregation of about 400 have been holding Sunday services at the Stryker High School gymnasium for the last three months.

The Northwest Technical College application to become Northwest State Community College will go to the Ohio Board of Regents this week.

Fulton County Commissioners approved the annexation of 8.23 acres of property owned by Lugbill Brothers, Inc., into the village of Archbold, Aug. 5.

Billye Leininger of Leininger Floor Covering, Archbold and Napoleon, will be a presenter at the Henry County Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 18. Leininger is part of the Women’s Day program. She heads the afternoon agenda.

Mrs. Steve (Jennifer) Carroll, daughter of Bruce and Marr ‘Del Werder, was promoted to the position of controller at Libbey Owens Ford at Sterling Heights, Mich. She is the youngest person in history to hold the position. She is an AHS ‘84 graduate.

50th Wedding Anniversary–

Francis and Helen Louise (Cleghorn) Weber, Aug. 21

College Graduate–Jodi, daughter of Lowell and Pat Rupp, Arbor College

Headline–Nofzinger And Bill’s Win, Head To State Tourney

The Six-Pack was the winner of the Sand Volleyball Tournment, Tuesday night, Aug. 5, in Ruihley Park. Teammates are Hope Grieser, Kim Bostelman, Stephanie Pape, Jill Schnitkey, Sean Lauber, Layne Thrasher, Matt Neff.

Deaths–LeRoy F. Jacoby, 78, Fayette; Emmet Short, 91, Archbold; Melchor P. Garcia, 87, Brownsville, Texas; Philip E. Siegel, 61, formerly of Archbold.

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1968

Voters in the Archbold Area School District will vote on the renewal of 3.2- mill levy, which expires in November. This is not a new levy. Voters are being asked to renew a levy approved a number of years ago and necessary for operation of the school system.

Two Archbold homes were entered during early morning hours and a total of $260 was stolen from wallets.

S.H. Short reported to George Kramer, chief of police, that someone entered his home after 1 am, Saturday morning, and stole ten $20 dollar bills from his wallet, which he left on his desk on the first floor. Nothing else was missing.

Ernest E. Mohr, Jr., was awakened by a strange noise, and heard someone in the house. Mohr saw a man run from his back door and disappear in the darkness. Mr. Mohr told Kramer three $20 dollar bills were stolen from his purse, which lay on the dressing table in his bedroom. Nothing else was missing.

Jan Myers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Myers, is a member of the cast of “Fiddler On The Roof” musical stage play, which will start its fifth year on Broadway, Sept. 22.

Ellis Croyle, pastor of Zion Mennonite Church, related experiences of a recent three-week tour of Greece, where he also attended a Holy Land Seminar, to Community Commercial Club members at the Monday Noontide Luncheon.

Sometime Sunday night, vandals threw a brick through a large plate glass window in the new building just completed for Liechty Kitchens on Route 66, south of Archbold.

There are two new trainees at Fairlawn Haven for the next six months: Victor Barrios of Uruguay and Ruedi Zimmerman of Basel, Switzerland.

Linda Yoder, Sara Schrock, Randi Sallows, and Lorette Reece are county winners in the Clothing Mates 4-H project.

Pfc. Ed Thatcher is home for nine days from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He will enter Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Va., Aug. 18, for 23 weeks of training.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1943

The Red Cross Drug Store has moved to its former location after a fire destroyed its stock and damaged the interior in May. The business was operating from the former Roedel Clothing Store until repairs were completed.

Two Archbold boys, Lawrence, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bernath, and John Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Leupp, are at the front in Sicily with American armed forces.

Lawrence wrote his father. “We are getting along fine and we’re having a swell time, although I could think of places I would much rather be.

“The people here are much better than the Africans. They seem to like us and would do anything for us. They really are poverty stricken. Germany took everything they had from shoes to tomatoes.”

John Jr. writes, “This has been a rather happy day for the gang. We got our first mail today for about two months. Lawrence and I are still together. We’re all okay, and having a good time. Lawrence is taking a bath in his helmet and the sea is a stone’s throw away.

“Suppose you have been reading about this Sicily campaign. We were among the first to land here. You should have seen us with a truck. They dumped us off in about nine feet of water. It was waterproofed, but the thing stopped.

“It took us seven and a half days to get it out and running. During that time the bullets, shells, and bombs kept us in fox holes about 75 percent of the time. It sure is funny now.”

Harold Schroeder is at home from Camp Wildwood, N.J., on a ten-day furlough, which he is spending with his wife and parents, Mr. and Mr. Harmon Schroeder. They will spend Wednesday evening with his brother Leroy at Dearborn, Mich., and will have a picnic supper together.

Miss Suzanne Schlatter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Schlatter, was the only girl in the county 4-H clubs to represent the groups at Ohio Camp 4-H in the hills of Southern Ohio. They will spend a week at the camp.

Many people dislike national labor leader John L. Lewis, while there are others who blame president Roosevelt for many of our national difficulties, and others have still different opinions.

He has almost as much power in government affairs as Eleanor Roosevelt, the president’s wife.

The abandoned farms of the U.S. are but a handful compared with the idle acres made so by weather conditions.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1918

Six poles were pulled down Sunday along the T&I rail tracks just west of Pettisville. One car pulled down wires and the car following tangled and pulled down the poles. Traffic was delayed several hours.

Major J.H. Spengler and family of Washington, D.C., Mrs. B.T. Gordon and children of Chicago, Mr. Ed. Spengler and family, Mr. Louis Engleman and family and Miss Gladys Hanigan of Detroit, Mr. John B. McKinley and Miss Ida Ruffer of Toledo, are spending the week with Archbold relatives.

Merchants have much trouble getting merchandise by rail freight. Broken packages and damaged goods are frequent annoyances. Shortage claims against the railroads seem to be a lame way of evening up the troubles.

The Archbold Band rendered another fine concert on the street Thursday evening to an enlarged audience. Several new members have joined the band, and Mr. Wiland Dimke has improved with age as a director. The audience enjoyed the music to the fullest extent. Come to Archbold Thursday evenings and join the crowd. The merchants will have the business places open and all the lights burning.

Farmland at Delphos, Ohio, is selling at $325 to the acre.

All exhibits this year at the state and county fairs will be returned freight-free this year, but there are no shipments outside the state. This is a government order.

Men have strange excuses for not voting at the primary. Here are a few answers to the question, “Why don’t you vote at the primary?” No man says, “Why do I want to vote at the primary, go over there and vote for men I don’t know?

“Suppose I see three names on the ticket, John Jones, Bill Smith, and Sam Brown. I don’t know any of them, so how am I going to pick out the best one? Why, on the whole ticket, I don’t know but two or three of the candidates, and I don’t know them well enough to trust them with a borrowed umbrella.”

Voters should go to the primary and vote even if they can select only one man.

Military police are holding up and searching all travelers along the Michigan line who are crossing from the Ohio side. The action serves two purposes: enforcing the liquor laws and making people know what prohibition really means.

Friday, Aug. 9, 1918

Council authorized the mayor to remove all the outhouses on the east side of Paradise Alley.

Dr. I.L. Coy was appointed as health officer to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr. E.A. Murbach. Mr. Murbach resigned as cemetery trustee, and his successor is not yet appointed.

Mayor Ruihley requested the council to resurface the road one-fourth mile east of the Rosey Corner as soon as possible.

White paint is to be used in blocking the business district for parking of automobiles. The angle of parking is to be at 45 degrees.

Council was glad to adjourn because of the heat.

Burl Mockerman of Montpelier, at home on furlough from Camp Sherman, had to have two toes of his left foot amputated as a result from having accidentally discharged a shot gun with which he was hunting rats on his father’s farm.

R.A. Cave, county agent at Wauseon, reports that 700 persons attended the tractor demonstration on the farm of Albert Linehan on Friday, Aug. 2. Twelve farm tractors of different makes were in the try-out.

Mr. Frank Roth has tried out his new tractor. He plowed 20 acres without having a horse in the field. His machine pulls two plows, and he says the hotter the machine gets the better it works. It handles about one acre an hour.

Hot, well some. Thermometer hovering around 100 to 105. Winds so hot it nearly blisters the face. Water so good we still have something for which to be thankful. Corn is humping itself asking for rain.

If the bill passes Congress to register all men between the ages of 18 and 45 for military service, it will bring the war into many homes that have not yet felt the pinch of the conflict.

William Ruihley knows something about skunks. He says the skunk is an independent and lazy loafer, is seldom scared and refuses to give way to anybody. Something was bothering his poultry, so he set a trap and caught a skunk by one foot.

After he trapped the varmint he was worse off than before, as he did not know how to get the thing out of the trap. After thinking of all the heroes of history, he mustered enough courage to take hold of the chain and drag it to the woods, where he shot it.

William says he did not try the experiment of holding it by the tail. He has no faith in the scheme.

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